Thinking About ThinkingwithMichael Scriven (1928 – 2023)

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“Evaluation phobia” is Dr. Michael Scriven’s term for the fear that individuals and organizations have about carefully examining the logic of their own decisions.

Dr. Scriven was a philosopher and multi-disciplinary scholar who has made significant contributions to mathematics, logic, philosophy of science, ethics, education, psychology and parapsychology. He is the author of many books, including Primary Philosophy, Reasoning, and The Logic of Evaluation. His specialty was the very process of thinking itself. (He also served as Jeffrey Mishlove’s doctoral dissertation advisor.)

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Published on December 2, 2023


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